Halbi is an Eastern Indo-Aryan language spoken in eastern India in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha. In 2011 there were about 966,000 speakers of Halbi, which is also known as Halabi, Halba, Halvas, Halvi or Holva.
Halbi is closely related to Odia and Marathi. Dialects of Halbi include Adkuri, Bastari, Bhunjia, Chandari, Gachikolo, Govari of Balaghat, Kawari, Kunbi, Mahari, Muri, Sundi. Bhunjia and Kawari.
There are ways to write Halbi with the Devanagari and Odia scripts, however it is used mainly as an oral language, particularly for trade, and few Habli speakers can read and write their language. In 2006 a new way to write Halbi, known as the Halbi Lipi, was created by Vikram Kumar Soni. It is used to a limited extent in Chhattisgarh.
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